About CardRates.com

About CardRates.com

CardRates.com was created with a singular goal: to better educate consumers about the benefits and perils of credit cards. To that end, our finance experts strive to share valuable, well-researched advice, news and reviews with visitors daily.

The world of credit cards can be difficult to navigate, with many pitfalls and untrustworthy sources everywhere you turn. We at CardRates.com aim to consistently provide the most trusted information on the web and truly live up to our moniker as “The Ultimate Guide to Credit Cards.”

Our Finance Experts

John Ulzheimer

John Ulzheimer

John Ulzheimer is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring, and identity theft. The author of four books on the subject, Ulzheimer has been featured thousands of times in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, New York Times, CNBC, and countless others.With 27 years of credit related professional experience, including with both Equifax and FICO, Ulzheimer is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. He has been an expert witness in over 325 credit-related lawsuits and has been qualified to testify in both federal and state courts on the topic of consumer credit. In his hometown of Atlanta, Ulzheimer is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Georgia and Emory University's School of Law.

Andrea Woroch

Andrea Woroch

Andrea Woroch is a nationally recognized consumer finance expert, writer, and TV personality who is passionate about helping families find simple ways to spend less and save more without making major sacrifices. Her practical budgeting and savings advice has helped millions of Americans initiate real financial change so they can stress less and spend more time doing the things they love. As a go-to media expert, Andrea has appeared on popular TV shows such as Today, Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, Dr. OZ, CNN, and MSNBC. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, Money, Time, Woman’s Day, Yahoo, among other outlets. Andrea hosts a monthly money segment on KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles.

Marcie Geffner

Marcie Geffner

Marcie Geffner is an award-winning reporter, editor, and writer. Her stories about banking, credit cards, insurance, economics, small business, and other subjects have been featured by the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Bankrate, Credit Karma, Bookmarks Magazine, FOX Business, CNBC, Yahoo! Finance, and dozens of major U.S. newspapers. Her articles have been cited in seven nonfiction books and two U.S. Congressional hearings. She edits nonfiction, memoir, and fiction, and contributes to Kirkus Reviews. Marcie holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and MBA from Pepperdine University.

Erica Sandberg

Erica Sandberg

Erica Sandberg is a consumer finance expert and journalist whose articles and insights are featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, MarketWatch, Forbes, and MSN Money. An experienced media host, she's led many financial programs, including her podcast, "Adventures With Money." She's appeared on Fox, CNN, "EconTalk" and "The Dr. Drew Podcast," and has been the resident money and credit authority for KRON-4 News in San Francisco for more than 10 years. Her book "Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families" was first released in 2008, and the 2017 edition is out now.

Toby Sembower

Toby Sembower

Toby Sembower has been a leading expert on credit cards since 2004, authoring advice, reviews, and comparisons of credit card offers to audiences of millions in that time. A frequent contributor at CardRates.com, Toby's advice also appears on sites like Yahoo! Finance, CreditCards.com, Entrepreneur.com, CreditCards.org, and many other popular personal finance platforms. In addition to lessons learned from his compelling personal story — having used credit cards responsibly to raise his own FICO score from 550 to 820 — Toby’s connections and regular conversations with top issuers like Chase, Capital One, HSBC, and Wells Fargo enable him to give readers unique insights into upcoming card offers, rewards programs, and approval criteria.

Ashley Dull

Ashley Dull

Ashley Dull is the editor-in-chief of CardRates.com, where she works closely with industry leaders in all sectors of finance to develop authoritative guides, news, and advice articles read by millions of Americans. Her expertise lies in credit cards and rewards programs as well as credit reports and how credit scores affect all aspects of consumerism. She is often asked to serve as an expert source on financial topics for national media outlets, such as CNN Money, MarketWatch, Money Matters, ABC News, and NBC News, and has recurring contributions to several leading finance websites. Connect with Ashley on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Ashley Feinstein

Ashley Feinstein

Ashley Feinstein is a certified personal finance and career coach based in New York City. A former investment banker, Ashley specializes in helping others transform thier lives through financial wellness. She has appeared on NBC, Forbes, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Daily Worth, and many other outlets. She started her personal finance blog, The Fiscal Femme, to share her passion for personal finance education in a fun and accessible way. Connect with Ashley on Google+.

Susan Ladika

Susan Ladika

Susan Ladika is a nationally-recognized personal finance expert and writer, contributing insight and advice at Bankrate.com, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CreditCards.com, Business Insider, The Economist, USA Today, and scores of other publications for more than two decades. In addition to authoring indepth advice articles, Susan helps consumers better understand the world of credit cards, debit cards, and savings through the use of slideshows, infographics, quizzes, and other types of engaging content.

Aaron Crowe

Aaron Crowe

Aaron Crowe is a seasoned journalist who specializes in personal finance writing and editing. Aaron has written for a variety of websites, including AOL, Learnvest, US News & World Report, Wells Fargo, WiseBread, AARP and many insurance and investing sites. He is a former newspaper editor and reporter, and can be found at his website AaronCrowe.net.

Brittney Mayer

Brittney Mayer

Brittney Mayer is a contributing editor for CardRates.com, where she uses her extensive research background to write comprehensive consumer guides and in-depth company profiles. Leveraging her vast knowledge of the financial industry, Brittney’s work can be found on websites such as MarketWatch, US News & World Report, NBC News, Kiplinger, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, TheSimpleDollar.com, BadCredit.org, CreditSoup.com, and CreditCards.com, among others. Brittney specializes in translating complex financial jargon and ideas into readable, actionable advice on lending best practices.

John Schmoll

John Schmoll

John P. Schmoll is a former stock broker and longtime veteran of the financial services industry who authors personal finance guides on topics ranging from the wise use of credit to strategies for saving money and building personal wealth. His work has been featured on Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC, Fortune, Lifehacker, Investopedia, Lending Tree, and his personal blog, FrugalRules.com. Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help his audience enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally and using credit responsibly.

Scott Sheldon

Scott Sheldon

Scott Sheldon is a senior loan officer and consumer advocate whose work has appeared in publications such as Yahoo! Homes, CNN Money, MarketWatch, Business Insider, Zillow, Fox Business News, and The Wall Street Journal. An expert on mortgages and various housing costs, Scott's advice helps current and prospective homeowners make the most of their budgets and navigate the complicated jargon of the home lending industry.